Legally, a person can obstruct justice even if he committed no other crime – though it is harder to prove. It all depends on the intent behind pressuring investigators, say, or firing an FBI director.
Mexicans want leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador to transform the country. But the months leading up to his inauguration sent worrying signs about how he he will use the massive power of his office.
Presidents past have used this nearly limitless power to halt criminal prosecutions before. What's to stop Trump?
In a free society, it ought never to be lawful for a government to detain people by executive order alone.
Ousting an executive leader from office doesn't always have the intended effect, as these examples from Central and South America show.
Congress is trying to curb the president's ties to human rights abusers, harkening back to landmark legislation of the 1970s.
Laws that limit presidential power won't enforce themselves – Congress must act.
The corporate veil, traditionally friend of directors and foe of outsiders, may have turned double agent.
Research shows that context matters for understanding what a person's words mean – especially when power dynamics are involved.